The US' LSI Logic Corporation has announced plans to set up a semi-conductor design and engineering development centre at Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO). The centre, which will be completed by the end of 2006, is the first substantial knowledge-transfer endorsement to be won by the DSO since its establishment as an independent free zone authority earlier this year. 'We think we are better than China and India, a bridge for Western Europe and the US,' DSO chief executive officer Juergen Knorr told MEED on 26 September at the Gitex exhibition in Dubai. 'Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan all served as bridgeheads for development of research and manufacturing and the goal is to replicate this.'
DSO, established in 2002 to promote modern technology and industries in the emirate, has moved rapidly to attract the know-how to drive a new business model forward along the lines of the Dubai Internet and Media Cities. In June, the UK's Time Groupsaid it would build and manage the largest computer, liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor and plasma television assembly plant in the Middle East, and in August, DSO announced an agreement with EtherCom Corporation, a US company manufacturing network connectivity solutions. DSO also signed a deal with France's CMPto fabricate and build chip designs for research laboratories and micro electrical systems. DSO operated under the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) until July, when a government decree created the DSO Authority (MEED 23:9:05).